Karagosian Named NATO Digital Cinema Consultant

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (September 14, 2000) - MKPE Consulting president Michael Karagosian has been named digital cinema consultant for the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the organization announced today.

Michael will spearhead NATO's efforts to manage in an orderly fashion the motion picture exhibition industry's transition toward celluloid- free projection," noted association vice president and executive director Mary Ann Grasso.

Karagosian is expected to work closely with Grasso, NATO president John Fithian, NATO Code Committee chairman J. Wayne Anderson, NATO Technology Committee chairman John Wolski, and other NATO leaders.

A prominent consultant in product management and strategy for professional entertainment, Karagosian has served for many years as a systems design and programming consultant to the theme park industry.

He has designed sophisticated digital audio distribution and control networks, as well as the A/V and control systems for many popular themed entertainment attractions.

As a former employee of Dolby Laboratories, Karagosian designed the CP200 cinema processor and was project engineer for the SP24 24-channel noise reduction frame.

He was formerly president of Cinema Group, Ltd., which developed many of the products for the CinemAcoustics product line.

Karagosian is chairman of the Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee (AESSC) SC-10 Sub-Committee for Sound System Control [now SC-6-10], and vice chair of the SMPTE DC28.7 Technology Working Group for Digital Cinema Systems.

North Hollywood, Calif.-based NATO is the world's largest trade association for cinema owners, representing approximately two-thirds of the screens in the United States and many more around the world.

Jim Kozak, NATO Communications Director
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